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Christopher D. Carusone

Partner   |   Harrisburg, Pittsburgh
Partner   |   Harrisburg, Pittsburgh

CHRISTOPHER D. CARUSONE is a Partner in the Firm’s Harrisburg office, where he serves as Chair of the Government Law & Regulatory Affairs and Energy & Utilities Practice Groups, as well as Co-Chair of the Internal Investigations Practice Group. With twenty years of experience in the public sector, Chris concentrates his practice in the areas of government law and regulatory affairs, internal investigations, energy and utilities, labor and employment law, and commercial litigation.

In his government law and regulatory affairs practice, Chris represents corporations and individuals during federal and state investigations, enforcement proceedings, and litigation. In his internal investigations practice, Chris conducts confidential investigations for Fortune 500 companies and institutions of higher education into allegations of waste, fraud, and misconduct within the organization. In his energy and utilities practice, Chris represents oil and natural gas producers as well as related businesses in disputes with the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Attorney General, and U.S. Justice Department. Finally, as a member of the Firm's Labor and Employment Group, Chris defends employers against claims of discrimination and harassment in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Over the course of his career, Chris has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict and has represented clients in over 100 hearings before labor arbitrators and hearing officers. Chris has also argued cases in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Courts.

Chris played an instrumental role in developing energy and transportation policy during the Corbett administration and went on to serve as liaison to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He has served as Secretary of Legislative Affairs and Executive Deputy General Counsel in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office, Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and in-house counsel to the Pennsylvania State Police and Office of Inspector General. Chris has received numerous awards during his distinguished career, including the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence, the General Counsel’s Certificate of Excellence, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Special Achievement Award. . 

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Experience

Government Law and Regulatory Affairs

  • Represented a major health insurance company in a bid protest and lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services challenging the Department’s rejection of the company’s Medicaid proposal, successfully convincing the Department to reissue the solicitation and begin the process anew.
  • Represented a non-profit corporation accused of violating the conditions of an education grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, successfully convincing the government to restore funding to the organization
  • Successfully represented a corporation operating nursing homes throughout Pennsylvania in a state police investigation into a theft allegedly committed by one of the corporation’s former employees.
  • Defended an information technology staffing company working as a subcontractor to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation accused of breach of contract, successfully convincing the court to deny a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have severely affected the company’s business.
  • Represented a casino operator in an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Attorneys Office, convincing the government that the client was innocent of any criminal wrongdoing.
  • Represented a company engaged in the production and distribution of bulk mulch during enforcement proceedings brought by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Pennsylvania State Police, convincing the government to rescind an out-of-service order and restore operations to the company’s fleet of motor carriers.
  • Represented a national medical data company as local Pennsylvania counsel during an investigation being conducted by numerous state attorneys general into a data breach, assisting the company in meeting its requirements under the Pennsylvania Breach of Personal Information Notification Act.
  • Advised the general counsel of a national laboratory regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with regard to the parameters of the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act.
  • Represented a Pennsylvania executive agency as outside counsel during an investigation conducted by the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, which later declined to take legal enforcement action.
  • Represented another Pennsylvania agency as outside counsel in an investigation conducted by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, convincing the District Attorney that the Department’s employees were not culpable in criminal wrongdoing.
  • Represented a career gambler accused of cheating at a casino licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, persuading the Board to sharply reduce the amount of time the client was required to spend on the statewide casino exclusion list.
  • As government counsel, represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Supreme Court, successfully securing reversal of a decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Beard v. Stevens, No. 04-9001.
  • Represented the Governor in negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police to amend the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act to assist cities in a state of fiscal emergency (such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) to return to fiscal viability and avoid municipal bankruptcy, which was signed into law by the Governor as Act 70 of 2011.
  • Represented the Pennsylvania State Police in negotiations with the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association to implement a random drug testing program for all state troopers.
  • Argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a case involving the proper scope of statewide investigating grand jury subpoenas and the proper method of litigating subpoena challenges.

Energy and Utilities

  • Successfully represented a national, privately-held energy exploration company required to produce documents as part of an investigation of a state employee conducted by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.
  • Participated in the successful representation of a Fortune 10 energy company during a civil investigation of energy industry practices conducted by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Consumer Protection and Antitrust Section.
  • Represented an established petroleum industry trade organization in a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, resulting in the rescission of new proposed regulations that would have drastically increased the costs of conventional oil and natural gas well development.
  • Advised a large energy trade association on the requirements of the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act enforced by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.
  • Advised three mid-sized energy trade associations in the formation of a joint non-profit corporation to address issues related to the proper disposal of wastewater produced during conventional oil and natural gas production operations.
  • As government counsel, drafted Chapter 32 of Act 13 of 2012 modernizing state law pertaining to oil and gas development.
  • Represented the Governor in negotiations with the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Act 13 of 2012 modernizing state law pertaining to oil and gas development and coordinated legal strategy for constitutional defense of the Act.
  • Represented the Attorney General in an argument before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a seminal environmental appeal, successfully securing reversal of an adverse decision of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and seventeen years of unfavorable precedent governing the constitutional obligation to preserve evidence.

Labor and Employment

  • Conducted an internal investigation for an international consumer packaged goods company into hiring, promotional, and disciplinary practices in order to determine whether it was discriminating against employees on the basis of age and/or race.
  • Defended a highway construction company against a complaint of racial discrimination lodged by a former employee, convincing the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to dismiss the complaint as meritless.    
  • Counseled employers on the implementation of a wide variety of workplace policies, including but not limited to policies pertaining to recruitment, hiring, promotions, talent segmentation, performance evaluation, and random drug testing.
  • Conducted internal investigations on behalf of employers into complaints of employee misconduct and discrimination on the basis of age, race and gender. Prepared and presented reports to senior management containing the results of internal investigations and recommendations for corrective action.
  • Collected data and worked closely with statistical experts in order to determine whether employer policies and procedures were having a disparate impact on employees on the basis age and race.
  • As government counsel, defended employers agencies and their employees against claims of discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, race, gender and disability.
  • Represented employers and their employees in matters before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Federal and Pennsylvania courts.
  • Represented the Pennsylvania State Police in 100 hearings before labor arbitrators and hearing officers on  matters pertaining to employee discipline, benefits, and implementation of collective bargaining agreements.
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Awards
  • Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Certificate of Excellence (2011)
  • Office of Attorney General, Award for Excellence (2007)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Special Achievement Award (2002)
  • Chris has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provides reviews of lawyers and law firms for consumers and professionals.
  • Chris is a top rated attorney by Avvo, the online directory and Q&A forum for lawyers, doctors and dentists.

Education

Widener University School of Law, J.D.
Providence College, B.S.

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court